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The Potato Famine

Ireland became part of the expanding British empire at the beginning of the 19th century. In the meantime , between 1800 and 1841 , the Irish population increased rapidly , from a little over four million to around eight million. This was made possible by the introduction of a cheap new food crop – the […]

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St. Brendan – First Man To Cross The Atlantic ????

Christopher Columbus really had very little claim to being the original discoverer of the New World. Prior to his geographically confused explorations of 1492, and even before the supposed voyages of the Norsemen several centuries earlier, St. Brendan, another celebrated Irish saint, is said to have reached America in a leather boat. Brendan, whose propensity […]

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Is that really Scotland ??????

When Ireland Luxury Tours have clients on the North Coast people are often puzzled and surprised to see distant mountains and islands on the horizon.  Some believe it to be some remote part of Ireland and most are pleasantly surprised to learn it is indeed part of the Scottish Inner Hebridean chain of islands.  Visible […]

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Volcanic Ash over Ireland.

Well the eruption in Iceland has now grounded all planes for 2 days now. The situation is being reviewed but flights are unlikely until after 7.00pm Friday 16th April 2010. We at Ireland Luxury Tours have been lucky as all of our clients are here and not leaving until after the weekend. They are enjoying their […]

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The Emerald Isle….mountains , loughs , and all…..

Although somewhat hackneyed nowadays , the term “Emerald Isle” is not without foundation. The fields , watered particularly in the west by the high rainfall deposited by clouds arriving over the Atlantic , do have a deep green quality rarely seen elsewhere. A lot of our clients notice this when landing in Ireland….their tours have […]

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The Leprechaun

One of the most enduring aspects of Irish folklore is the tale of the ‘little people’, or fairy folk. The leprechaun is in fact only one of a variety of different types of little people which inhabit the area just outside the peripheral vision of normal human beings. He is in fact a short-tempered old […]

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The Rose of Tralee

Every September, the delightful town of Tralee in County Kerry stages the world famous ‘Rose of Tralee’ festival, inspired by the lilting song of the same name, composed by William Mulchinock in the middle of the 19th century. The song itself has become an immortal part of Irish heritage the world over, generating many a […]

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Tours of Ireland and Belfast tours.

Want to see Ireland ??? Want to tour the island and see it for yourself ??? But dont want the hassle of driving…it lets you enjoy the countryside and take real Irish roads rather than the main routes. Let our experienced driver/guides take you around this beautiful island. We can tailor an itinerary to suit […]

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Children of Lir…..an Irish story.

Ireland is brimming with myths and stories…read this example…… Children of Lir is a tragic story. Lir was a famous Irish Chieftain whose wife died after giving him a daughter and three sons. He then married his dead wife’s evil half-sister. She cast a spell on the children turning them into beautiful white swans, destined […]

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The Leap of the Dog…..Limavady

Limavady is a town in the North West and close to the famous North Coast. Its name derives from a great Irish story…. Limavady derives its name from the Irish ‘Leim an Mhadaidh’ meaning leap of the dog, arising from the legendary leap over the River Roe by a dog owned by the O’Cahan Clan […]